KUMUL coach Mal Meninga aims to bring Papua New Guinea into the top four in the next rugby league World Cup in 2017.
But that can only become a reality if his ‘Team Kumul Rugby League Development Plan 2014-2017’ bears fruit from its hard labour.
This long term aim was announced during the official launch of the four year plan by the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) in Port Moresby yesterday.
“This long term goal is achievable, but we have a lot of work to do between now and 2017,” he said.
“We can only be judged by these results,” Meninga impressed on the local media.
Meninga also added that on top of the goals includes supporting the progression of the PNG Hunters franchise to make the finals in the semi-professional Intrust Super Cup (ISC) tournament in Queensland.
The other aim is to cement the hosting of all PNG’s pool matches in the 2017 World Cup in Port Moresby.
The PNGRFL backed Meninga vision by saying that it will need commitment and support from all levels to ensure this plans reaches fruition.
Meninga further said that it is a fantastic pathway.
“We’ve got it all covered.
“It’s all about creating our heroes through this pathway and with the National Government also buying the resources…it should be a great four years,” he stated in an overview he made.
He further made the point that it was unfortunate that the development of the game in PNG has fallen drastically behind other nations.
“The World Cup 2013 was a wake-up call and a reality check of where PNG Rugby League is currently positioned,” he said.
“For a country whose national is rugby league this is unacceptable. PNG has accepted mediocrity for too long in its management and development of the game and has been stuck in a mire if infighting, instability and the inability to make drastic changes to the way rugby league is delivered in PNG and internationally,” he added.
Meninga further stated that if action is not taken immediately to remedy PNG rugby league and implement vital programmes such as the ISC, National School Boys Development, National Accreditation courses, talent identification and training, a competitive national competition and a professionally managed governing body to administer the game, PNG will fall further behind internationally. PNG is ranked sixth by the International Rugby League Federation with Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Wales.
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36